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Elephant social scene: CSU researchers uncover name-giving

Jun 10, 2024, 12:00 PM | Updated: 12:52 pm

Scientists Say Elephants Give Each Other Names...

(Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

(Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Elephant Social Scene: CSU researchers uncover name-giving.

Researchers from CSU, Save the Elephants and ElephantVoices, have discovered a very human-like habit among elephants – they give each other names.

Scientists say female African savanna elephants use “individually distinct” calls to address each other.  Most elephants recognize their ‘names’ and immediately respond.

Researchers say it’s something “previously known to occur only in human language” and completely changes how we view the evolution of language.

Read more from Colorado State University’s Warner College of Natural Resources.

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